Library & Stamp Archives

The James & Marilynn Alcott Library

The Alcott Library houses over 2,700 artists’ books, reference books, periodicals, prints and broadsides, over a quarter of which represent Minnesota history, art, and culture. This unique collection also serves as an archive of artwork created through MCBA’s many artistic programs—including the fine press publication, Winter Book, which features Minnesota book artists, writers, and illustrators, and its related process materials. While not a circulating library, patrons are welcome to browse reference books during MCBA’s regular business hours.

James Alcott was the Vice President of Cowles Media Company and served as MCBA’s first board president.

The S. Helmes & W. Gaglione Stamp Archive

Donated from the private collections of artists Scott Helmes and William “Picasso” Gaglione, this archive is comprised of hundreds of commercial and one-of-a-kind boxed sets and over 70,000 individual rubber stamps spanning a period of 120 years. The collection includes original stamp art, artists’ books, limited edition publications, journals, catalogs, and reference materials. Due to the recent acquisition of this collection, this archive is not available to the public at this time.